Many corner shops (a boutik in Haitian creole) in Cabaret, Haiti don’t survive because of corruption, theft and other environmental setbacks. In the beginning, Sandrine Charles’ boutik was no different. After inheriting a sturdy two-story building from her parents, Sandrine took over the shop on the first level when the initial owner couldn’t afford the rent.
Despite the disruption of political instability, Sandrine slowly built her shop. She started off with snacks and bottled water. Then she added fresh produce, canned goods, soap and shampoo – the list goes on. She also began importing items from the Dominican Republic, a day-long journey that she made twice a week.
Sandrine learnt about FINCA through her neighbour who was a FINCA credit officer. In 2017, she decided to apply for a loan so she could purchase a refrigerator and freezer. These were the last two items she needed to complete her boutik. She has paid off those loans and is using her current loan to increase her inventory and profit margins.
With her two children in mind, Sandrine’s focus is on their future.
I need FINCA’s help to grow the business big enough to support them and the families that they will eventually have.
FINCA loans are made possible through partnerships and donations by generous donors.